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Which Fitbit wearables have fall detection features?

Look elsewhere if fall detection is a must-have smartwatch feature.
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December 7, 2022
A Fitbit Charge 5 rests on its side on a cement surface.
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Fall detection is an essential feature for elderly and vulnerable smartwatch users. Present on several new wearables, fall detection alerts an emergency contact if the device detects a hard fall and the lack of movement afterward. Devices like the Apple Watch have had fall detection since 2018, but do Fitbit devices have fall detection or an equivalent emergency feature? Read about Fitbit’s fall detection features in detail below.

See also: Everything you need to know about Fitbit

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No Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker currently includes fall detection, SOS, or emergency features. If you're looking for a smartwatch with Fitbit health tracking and fall detection, the Google Pixel Watch will be your only option.

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Does Fitbit have fall detection?

On devices like the Apple Watch, fall detection uses the device’s accelerometer to monitor whether a user experiences a hard fall and whether they can move afterward. After a minute or so, the device will contact a third party with emergency details.

Fitbits are great for those seeking sleep tracking accuracy and overall ease of use, but the company’s devices fall short on some safety features. This includes fall detection. Neither Fitbit’s smartwatches nor fitness trackers feature any fall detection smarts or an equivalent safety feature.

If you want a device that includes Fitbit flavor and fall detection, your only alternative is the Google Pixel Watch. Although not a true Fitbit, the Pixel Watch does lean heavily on the established Fitbit fitness and health-tracking features. While fall detection is not yet live on the watch, Google promises to roll it out in Winter in the US.

Fitbit alternatives with fall detection

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If you’re looking for a smartwatch with fall detection functionality, you should look beyond the Fitbit stable. Grab one of these devices instead:

More reading: The best Fitbit alternatives


FAQs

No. Currently, no Fitbit features any official SOS or emergency contact options. However, the Google Pixel Watch does include emergency features.

The Apple Watch SE, Series 4, or newer features fall detection. The Galaxy Watch 3, Active 2, Galaxy Watch 4, and 5 also harbor the feature. Additionally, “incident detection” is what Garmin calls its fall detection and emergency feature.